The Course

The course addresses the English language needs of the students at the undergraduate level even as it acknowledges their critical thinking capabilities. The text exposes the students to a range of contexts where the language is used to meet a variety of real life communication needs, give and seek information, to express opinions, and to engage with practical, emotional, intellectual and creative aspects of language by integrating knowledge and skills. The exercises and the pre and post reading activities that supplement the main texts are designed to draw the students into texts, make them read and understand the insight and encourage them to think beyond the text. The book emphasizes on use rather than the usage, on how the English language is used rather than how it should be used. This book is one such tool which would help the students in honing English language and comprehension skills that would in turn help the students communicate effectively. Each chapter is organized in such a way that it creates a lot of involvement and encouragement to the learner.


Course Description

The syllabus has been designed to develop linguistic and communicative competence of undergraduate students.


In the classes the focus is on the skills of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking divided under the four categories of Prose, Poetry, Vocabulary and Grammar. The teacher also asks questions to stimulate classroom discussion and based on these discussions the students will be made to write short paragraphs /essays, participate in group discussions as part of continuous assessment.


Course Outcomes

The students will be able to:

·         CO1 Use figures of speech in speaking and writing.

·         CO2 Know how to punctuate using colon, em-dash, semicolon, hyphen and inverted commas and comprehend the changes in meaning when these are used.

·         CO3 Use different methods of note making in their studies and during classroom instruction.

·         CO4 Manage their time in an organized manner and develop strategies to deal with stress.

·         CO5 Learn how to draft formal and informal letters.

·         CO6 Learn general etiquette and prepare for an interview.

·         CO7 Imbibe leadership qualities and learn how to conduct a meeting.

·         CO8 Understand how to write a short story/ elements of short story.(In reference to ‘A Visit to Charity’ by Eudora Welty)

·         CO9 Be informed about travel writing, and the conflict between cultures, beliefs, customs, and superstitions in the essay-“Benares”.

·         CO10 Learn how to indentify: Imagery, symbolism, style, figures of speech in the poem-“Stanzas Written in Dejection near Naples”.

·         CO11 Know about the power of speech (Rhetoric), oratory skills, delivery of speech and how it works in different contexts such as politics, religion and in some professions.

·         CO12 They would further read/ view/ perform plays related to the extract from Julius Caesar by Shakespeare to enhance their knowledge.

·         CO13 Inculcate values that help in the overall development of their personalities.

Student and Instructor Responsibilities

            The Instructor is expected to


1. Share the Course Objective and the Unit Objectives with the students

2. Be on time to the classroom

3. Engage the students in enriching learning experience through facilitating, teaching, mentoring and counseling

4. Recapitulating, recalling and revising what is taught

5. Be mindful of the decorum and maintain composure throughout the session.

6. Be approachable to students for clarification of doubts



The Students are expected to (Guidelines on Classroom participation)


1. Come prepare to learn new concepts

2. Be in time to class

3. Respect Faculty and her/his peers

4. Come with the Textbooks the note book and the necessary stationery

5. Perform and submit the assigned tasks

6. Submit assignments on time